Modern World History

This course will be devoted to information and strategies that help teachers prepare their students to perform well with the revised Modern World History AP curriculum framework, which now begins in c. 1200 C.E.

In addition to the new time-frames, the importance of learning analysis of historical documents has dramatically increased in the new exam format. The multiple-choice questions and the the majority of the short-answer questions (SAQ), as well as the traditional document-based question (DBQ) are all stimuli-based.

Participants will work on reconfiguring their syllabi for the new time periodization. We will also discuss integrating the teaching and learning of historical thinking skills, key historical themes, and the specific content of the course into their syllabi. Teachers will have the opportunity to work with specifically-designed, student-centered activities. Teachers discuss ways to teach historical, analytical writing, since there remains a strong focus on argumentative writing, especially for the Long Essays and Document-Based Questions. Teachers will also have time to evaluate available AP World History resources.

Please note that College Board has announced its intention to create an Ancient World History AP curriculum and exam, but it is not available yet, and there will not be an AP exam in Ancient World History in 2020. This APSI will not be able to discuss an Ancient class at all.


The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.


  • Classes are scheduled from Tuesday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Class check-in begins at 7 a.m. with as brief orientation at 7:20 a.m.
  • Participants receive a catered lunch Tuesday – Thursday.
  • Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.


Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledge and skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.


Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the instructor’s name. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes AP* Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.

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